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Start Making Sense: Apply for the 2016 Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies

Start Making Sense?

The Question of Interpretation under the Condition of Technology’s Ongoing Provocation

Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies

Princeton, NJ, June 19–26, 2016


The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies – a collaboration between Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für  Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM)  and  Princeton University (German Department) – returns to Princeton in 2016 for its sixth installment. 2016’s session will be concerned with the question of interpretation under the conditon of technology’s ongoing provocation of the humanities. Is it possible to understand technology? Is it possible to conceive of a non-human agency of understanding? Can machines/animals/materials interpret our Dasein? How can we understand our own reading if reading is no more an exclusively human activity? What is the difference between writing and implementation? What are the “objects” that we should address and analyze as “technical objects” (Gilbert Simondon)?

The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies 2016 will map out approaches to technology from the point of view of a posthumanistic study of media culture. Of particular interest are two paradigms: The analysis of actual media usage, and the study of cultural techniques, which connects to the archaeology of the humanities-technology-relationship by studying the material operations that are (though often suppressed) at the basis of the arts and the concepts that formed the core of humanities.

The summer school will be directed by Bernhard Siegert (Weimar) and Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton). The faculty will also include Claus Pias (Lüneburg) and Gabriele Schabacher (Weimar). The keynote to the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies 2016 will be given by Jonathan Sterne (Montreal).

For updates to the program and faculty of the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies please visit http://german.princeton.edu/ssms and http://www.ikkm-weimar.de/.

The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies invites applications from outstanding doctoral candidates throughout the world in media studies and related fields such as film studies, literary studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, sociology, politics, the history of science and visual culture.

Please see How to Apply for the specifics of the application process.

All application materials should be sent by email to


and must be received by  December 13, 2015.

Coordinators: Katharina Rein (Weimar), Mladen Gladic (Princeton/Weimar)

Please submit all inquiries to: ikkm-conference@uni-weimar.de

Picture: Thor Sigurthorsson “Blind Date” © Pétur Thomsen 2014

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